Karly Gutermuth

Instructor

Karly hails from a small town in northern California, but now resides just outside Santa Barbara. During college, she was a trip leader for UCSB’s Adventures Program, guiding students on kayaking, backpacking, canoeing, and rock climbing trips. She also served as the equipment coordinator and helped manage the ropes course program, and last summer was a raft guide on the Trinity River in northern California. In her free time, Karly has volunteered for a local elementary school’s track team and other events through the Rotary Club. Karly joins Adventure Treks for her first season as an instructor.

  • Education: University of California Santa Barbara, bachelor’s degree in biological sciences
  • Medical certification: Wilderness first responder, swiftwater rescue
  • Favorite outdoor memory: I led a canoeing trip on the Colorado River, and it was such a blast! We had canoe battles, explored the hot springs, ate good food, enjoyed the campfire and stars, LAUGHED, and made such strong connections with people we just met. A close second was climbing Mt. Shasta on a day with a full moon!
  • Biggest outdoor achievement: This past summer I ran up the second- and third-tallest mountains in the lower 48 (Mt. Massive and Mt. Elbert) in one day. I started in complete darkness and summited the first one just as the sun was rising… there was something about being on top of a snowy mountain by myself that was so empowering. I will carry that memory with me forever.
  • Countries visited: Canada, France, Germany, Portugal, Scotland, Spain, and Switzerland
  • Favorite hobbies: I love anything having to do with being outside, like trail running, backpacking, rafting, and skiing. I also love baking and playing the ukulele.